Article: Volume 44 Number 1 Page 64 - January 2017

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Orthodontics:  The Limitations of Short-Term Orthodontics and Why We Still Need Specialists – A Review of the Current Literature

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Abstract: Short-term orthodontics (STO) serves to align anterior teeth. It has become popular in cosmetic dentistry as an alternative to destructive veneers and lengthy conventional orthodontics. The aim of this article is to raise awareness of the clinical limitations of STO and highlight some of the difficulties encountered with orthodontic retention. It also gives an overview of accredited training available to dentists who wish to develop their orthodontic skills.

Clinical relevance: Greater awareness of the clinical limitations of short-term orthodontics will aid GDPs in appropriately selecting their cases and obtaining informed consent from patients. In addition, the article serves as encouragement for those GDPs wishing to develop their orthodontic skills and pursue further accredited training.

Author notes: Sana Luqmani, BDS(Hons), MJDF RCS(Eng), MSc, General Dental Practitioner, ConfiDental Clinic, 359 Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 7BZ, UK. (

Objective: To give an overview of the clinical limitations of short-term orthodontics and to highlight the role of the specialist orthodontist.